National Center for Learning Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Association of America Call on DeVos to Divest in ADHD Company, Citing Harmful Conflict of Interest


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Myrna Mandlawitz with LDA: (202) 686-1637,

National Center for Learning Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Association of America Call on DeVos to Divest in ADHD Company, Citing Harmful Conflict of Interest

Washington, DC (January 30, 2017) – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos, to immediately withdraw her significant financial holdings in Neurocore to avoid a conflict of interest and the appearance of impropriety.
Neurocore is a company that claims – without any rigorous research base to support such claims –to provide effective treatment for children and adults with ADHD. Ms. DeVos has an investment of $5 million – $25 million in Neurocore, raising questions regarding her ability to be objective on related policy matters impacting the 6.4 million students with ADHD, if she is to assume the nation’s top education post.
NCLD and LDA– organizations that work on behalf of children, families and educators impacted by ADHD – are deeply concerned that if Ms. DeVos retains her holdings in Neurocore, a conflict of interest may arise that prevents the Department of Education from addressing policies that impact children with ADHD. Any such action serves as a disservice to the students and educators who rely on the U.S. Department of Education for enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These laws provide many students with ADHD important federal protections and civil rights.


About the National Center for Learning Disabilities:

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

About the Learning Disabilities Association of America:

LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.

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  1. Darwin Estanislao says

    Good evening, my name is Darwin Estanislao and I think I need HELP. I haven’t gotten a diagnosis that I have ADHD but I have done different researches about the symptoms and I have met 90-95% of all the symptoms. I can tell that it is affecting my ADULT life so this is my first step of admitting/accepting that it is time for me to make a step in gaining control of my life because to be honest I know I have a lot of potential to have a successful and happy life.

    I’m really hoping that someone in this organization could help me correct or treat whatever it is that I have in order for me to have a normal life. Recently I have been emotional and feeling depressed about it. So PLEASE please do help me because I don’t even know where to go or start.

    • LDA of America says

      ADHD is a medical diagnosis, so your first step is to find a physician who has worked with adults with ADHD. You might first check with your primary care physician, but if he/she has not done much work with adults with ADHD, ask for a referral to someone who has. Good luck with your search! There is hope out there! The national organization that works specifically with individuals with ADHD is CHADD. You might check out their website to see if there is an active group in your area.

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